Storm rocks Porirua
Porirua felt the wrath of wild weather on September 30, but city council staff say the city’s pipes and drains were able to cope.
In addition to flooding on State Highway 1 near the weigh station in Plimmerton, the train derailment, and closure of Paekakariki Hill Rd and Grays Rd, there were plenty of slips to contend with, Porirua City Council general manager of asset management and operations Peter Bailey said.
‘‘We had people up till 3am clearing slips throughout the city and while there was plenty of minor flooding, there were no major incidents to deal with.
‘‘ It was close in Raiha St [where flooding has been issue in the past] but luckily the rain was not heavy, just steady over a long period.’’
The city’s aging sewer pipes were under some pressure but coped with the extra stormwater.
Mr Bailey said they have already made good inroads into fixing lines and clearing tree roots, which had caused significant problems in the past.
One resident of Mana Esplanade contacted Kapi-Mana News, to say for the third time in six years there had been sewage overflows onto the street. Some toilet paper remnants were still visible days later, and she considered the conditions ‘‘third world’’.
Meanwhile, Lloyd and Priscilla Isaacs had to spend a night away from their home in Leeward Dr, Whitby, after part of a bank behind their house came crashing down.
Just after 6pm, Mr Isaacs said there wasn’t a big rumble, ‘‘more like a ‘ whomp’, like the air had been trapped somehow’’ and when they went to check the couple found rocks and piles of dirt covering their back deck.
‘‘I could not believe it. It’s a wonder the house didn’t shake at all. We’ve been very lucky,’’ Mr Isaacs said.
Although the slip was not threatening the house, , emergency services recommended they spend the night elsewhere.
Their insurance company has already assessed the damage and the Earthquake Commission would be next to investigate late last week. Access to clear the rockfall is likely to be a problem, with only narrow steps leading up to the back of the house and the bank.
Rocked: The Isaacs won’t be using their barbecue area any time soon. They have lived at the Leeward Dr property for nearly 10 years but the bank behind their house had never slipped before the storm on September 30.